1099 New York Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20001
Neighborhood: Penn Quarter/Chinatown, Downtown
Open Monday through Wednesday 11:30 to 11, Thursday through Friday 11 to Midnight, Saturday 5:30 to Midnight, and Sunday 11 to 4.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: McPherson Square, Metro Center
Price Range: Expensive
Noise Level: Rowdy
Oysters on the half shell; pint of prawns; salmon tartare; charcuterie, including a selection called “brawn”; corned lamb’s tongue; salmon with horseradish cream and beet greens; roast cod; bangers and mash; corned-beef sandwich (lunch only); banoffee pie
Starters $9 to $14, entrées $10 to $36.
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible
The gastropub is a cross between a tavern and a fine-dining restaurant, where you can wash down fish and chips with a dry Riesling and where such fare as corned tongue might be dressed up like a light salad. It’s tough to pull off, which is what makes this British-themed restaurant the year’s biggest surprise. Chef Wes Morton works with precision—the skin of a Scottish salmon is seared to a crisp—and makes hearty dishes feel refined. The moodily lit space is ideal for drinking and grazing, and the creative cocktails and Guinness on draft have made it popular with the young and flush. A second location (12256 Rockville Pike, Rockville; 301-230-9260) opened recently, but the stripped-down menu pales in comparison with the DC original.
Don’t miss: Bangers and mash; corned lamb’s tongue; charcuterie board; roast cod; banoffee pie.
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